Find out how regenerative medicine works to better your body!
Our body has a natural way of pain management and healing. When we get cuts or scrapes, our bodies repair themselves through innate healing processes on their own. When we catch a cold, our bodies also respond by fighting the virus causing it. What if it was possible to harness the power of the body to heal and then accelerate it in a clinically relevant way? What if we could help the body heal better from disease or injury? The answer can be found in regenerative medicine.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a discipline of medicine that focuses on utilizing and optimizing natural self-healing processes to improve or recover our health. It includes methods like organ transplants (both real and artificial), tissue engineering, and cellular therapies. Autografts and organ transplants are considered regenerative medicine because they seek to replace, rejuvenate, and regenerate the body.
With its innate ability to heal, the human body can sometimes make you forget that wounds and accidents can happen at a moment’s notice. However, modern advancements in science are also pleasant reminders that there are other things such as regenerative medicine that can make our lives easier and make us feel better more quickly.
More and more cellular therapies under this medical field are surfacing that could completely change how we treat illness and disease. Currently, most clinical treatments have even focused on alleviating symptoms, but cellular therapies are designed to cure illnesses at their roots, and it needs a lot more research and trials.
Regenerative medicine goes beyond the norm with how your body is treated. That’s why our services at All Star Health focuses on recovery such as auto accidents, therapeutic massages, and pain medicine.
To find out why you should consider regenerative medicine, here are some Frequently Asked Questions you might have before getting in touch with us:
1. What Does Regenerative Medicine Do?
Regenerative medicine focuses on using natural self-healing processes by replacing human cells or tissues to restore or re-establish normal functions. These treatments include both in vivo and in vitro procedures.
Studies and trials that are performed inside a living body are in vivo procedures. This works by stimulating previously irreparable cells to heal themselves. In vitro treatments, on the other hand, are applied to the body through implantation of certain therapies that have ongoing studies inside laboratories.
The instances when the body has tissue loss motivated the development of therapies that regenerate tissues and decrease reliance on transplants. For example, stem cells transformed into liver cells could potentially be placed in the body of someone with a damaged liver. These healthy cells could then restore the liver’s health using the body’s natural healing process — the “good” cells replacing the “bad” ones or teaching them to become healthy once again.
With the different types of regenerative medicine, there could be no more concern about adverse effects like the body rejecting transplanted cells since treatment is inspired by natural body functions that make use of a person’s own stem cells.
2. What are some types of this medicine?
There are three types of regenerative medicine that can help you heal your body. The most commonly known types are Medical Devices, Tissue Engineering, and Cellular Therapies. We practice regenerative therapies here at All Star Health. Our experts have been specializing in their respective fields for years.
3. Do I have to be waitlisted to undergo treatment?
The usual method is that when a person has a failing or damaged tissue, he or she is added to the national transplant list in the hopes of receiving a donated organ. The problem with this, however, is that there are currently not enough available organs for all the people who need them. Over 119,000 people are on the U.S. transplant list, and 22 people die each day just waiting for a transplant. Adding to the complications, even if a patient does get an organ in time, sometimes his or her body will even fight the transplanted organ.
With regenerative therapy, however, we can most likely help you as soon as we diagnose what’s wrong. We even help professional athletes achieve their desired results quickly even without surgery.
4. Does this mean I won’t need a transplant anymore?
You may still need a transplant or a skin graft, but we help ease rehabilitation with our expertise in chiropractic services, Active Release Technique, or spinal decompression while we prepare you for your procedure. We can even help afterwards while you recover!
All this has become possible by the fact that researchers and scientists today are actively working to solve the organ shortage by developing artificial devices that can replicate the function of tissues — without being rejected. Medical devices are also being designed to support damaged cells and tissues, helping patients hold on while they wait for a donor.
5. What are stem cells?
As the fundamental building blocks of human tissue, stem cells are capable of repairing, rebuilding, and rejuvenating tissues throughout the body. They respond to specific distress signals that a cell generates and facilitate the healing process in times of disease or injury.
Stem cell research is at the heart of regenerative medicine and is particularly promising for scientists studying it. Studies have shown that the tissue can regrow and heal if these cells are inserted into damaged or diseased tissues under the right conditions.
There’s still a lot of research to be done, but with the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), scientists around the world are optimistic that stem cells could be used to help heal nearly any type of tissue in the body. Plus, iPS cells can also be derived from the blood and skin.
6. Does the regenerative therapy procedure hurt?
It actually involves less pain since regenerative therapy does not require any invasive procedures. In most of our sessions, treatment also consists of a single injection, so the procedure typically takes only a few minutes of your time and can be completed in a single office visit.
7. Does my age matter when I receive regenerative treatment?
Yes, the results of your treatment will also depend on your age, among other factors. This is why our doctors, nurse practitioner, and support staff strive to provide you with comprehensive information about your treatment outcomes during your consultations with us.
8. How long have these methods been studied?
While regenerative medicine might sound like a new concept, we have been using forms of it for years. The first skin graft occurred in 1854, while the first successful kidney transplant was in 1950. So, as you can see, we have used regenerative medicine as possible tools of growing damaged tissue for those cases when a body cannot heal itself.
More recently, this field of discipline has even been studying the fabrication of sophisticated grafts and tissue mimics. Here at All Star Health, we even have three accredited Active Release Technique specialists who can help you with things such as carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, lower back pain, and shin splints.
9. Is it safe to use regenerative medicine like stem cells?
Stem cell therapies and other types of regenerative therapy are safe to use when administered properly by qualified professionals. Currently, the FDA has not approved any stem cell-based products for use, other than cord blood-derived hematopoietic progenitor cells (blood-forming stem cells) for certain indications. However, certain therapies have been approved in Europe already, and there have also been FDA-approved regenerative medicine under the category of biologics, cell-based medical devices, and biopharmaceuticals. At All Star Health, our products have been rigorously tested in accordance with FDA guidelines. Thousands of patients have also used already our tissue allografts with no adverse effects, so you don’t have to worry about the safety of our practices.
10. What are the risks of undergoing regenerative therapy?
Currently, most clinical treatments focus on alleviating symptoms, but cellular therapies are designed to cure illnesses at their roots. This field of study comes into view as scientists work to make treatments available for clinical use.
11. Is regenerative medicine covered by insurance?
Most new treatments and products can be expensive, and regenerative medicine is not exempt from this. Although costs may vary, the regenerative medicine therapy you need might not be covered by private insurance or Medicare. You may need to check your insurance coverage before you undergo any forms of regenerative therapy.
12. Are there treatments that can help with my bill?
You can also inquire about clinical studies that offer regenerative treatments for your specific condition. They might be able to reduce or even completely cover the costs by getting your informed consent before our experts treat you.
13. When will I start to feel the benefits of renegerapy therapy?
Your recovery time will vary depending on the area that is being treated, your personal health history, and the severity of your injury. You can ask our experts for further information about your recovery timeline.
Why Do We Need Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine can help other people with chronic or fatal diseases. It provides one with the ability to create new tissue or replace damaged or missing tissues. This branch of research requires significant clinical trials to help understand how we can make the lives of people better through things like stem cell research and biopharmaceuticals.
There will come a time when the loss of limb will be nothing more than an easy transplant, but for now, our advancements in the research and furthering of regenerative medicine will have to continuously work hard through clinical trials and a little bit of support from you. Just imagine how cellular therapies could completely change how we treat illness and disease.
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